A simple homemade hummus recipe is not only healthy but delicious! Just using a few fresh ingredients is the key to the amazing flavor.
Making a basic hummus recipe is pretty simple and only requires a few ingredients. I love all dips and anything that tastes good and is healthy is a win-win for me. Chickpeas give hummus protein, olive oil has good fats and omegas not to mention tastes great with vegetables making it guilt-free.
So, what makes a good hummus recipe? Why make it homemade?
Hummus originates from the middle east and consists of pureed chickpeas (garbanzo beans), garlic, lemon, salt, water, and a light tasting oil. The authentic way to make it is to crush or mash the chickpeas. Once you try to make it yourself I’m pretty sure you be sold and only go back to store-bought if you are pressed for time. Freshly made makes a huge difference in flavor. HUGE. The beauty of chickpeas is the fact that they taste good, and are on the bland side. You can add almost any flavor combination and get away with it when making hummus. That’s why there are so many different flavor variations sold. There is NO shame in store-bought hummus. I do like to make it homemade and also like when the chickpeas are hot and hummus is warm:) Honestly, it tastes much better when it’s made fresh. It’s also not hard to make, not to mention that if you cook one pound of chickpeas you can make a huge batch that will last a week, or a make few different flavors for half the price of buying a small container… just saying.
Usually, the most important garnish is drizzled oil and a dash of salt. This alone makes a nice tasty plain hummus.
I like to add crushed red pepper and black sesame seeds.
You can make hummus without using tahini, some may argue it is a must. If you want authentic hummus flavor go ahead, throw it in. Most who swear by tahini suggest using a good brand. I buy sesame seeds by the bundle and make my own. Tahini is a sesame seed paste usually made with hulled sesame seeds and olive oil. On occasion, I have been low on tahini and literally threw sesame seeds in with the chickpeas and blended it with a little extra olive oil blended it a few minutes longer and it tasted good. Either way, you can make it the way you like it 🙂
I add a little extra water in my recipe and it helps keep it smooth.